Thursday, May 30, 2013

Old World Backgrounds for LotFP

In my earlier go-round with this notion of setting LotFP in the Old world I concocted some rudimentary ideas for implementing a modified form of the backgrounds/careers. Yesterday I came up with a different way. This post will cover backgrounds.

The general concept is that the character's life has had three broadly-defined "phases". Their background, which predisposed them to a certain career path. This is randomly determined, since none of us choose where we are born or how we are raised. Secondly is the character's first career, chosen by the player, from a list based upon the background. Finally, is the adventuring class, again, chosen by the player.


Roll randomly (d12) for background, based on race:

Background Human Dwarf Elf Halfling
Warrior 1-3 1-4 1-3 1-2
Ranger 4-6 5-6 4-6 3-6
Rogue 7-9 7-9 7-8 7-10
Academic 10-12 10-12 9-12 11-12

Description and Benefits

The player selects two benefits from the options listed.

Leads to careers that focus on combat, whether melee or missile.
+1 attack bonus with melee weapon
+1 damage with melee weapon
+1 attack bonus with missile weapon
+1 damage with missile weapon

Background as some sort of woodsman.
+1 attack bonus with missile weapon
+1 Bushcraft
+1 Stealth
+1 Searching

Tomb robbers, charlatans, and outright thieves.
+1 Stealth
+1 Tinkering
+1 Finding Traps
+1 Searching 

A background leading to careers that are cerebral in nature or require special knowledge.
+1 Languages
+1 Craft (Specific)
+1 Lore (Specific)
+1 Entertain
Craft, Lore, and Entertain are three new, fairly self-explanatory skills.

Next post will go into the careers, and (hopefully, ADD permitting) I'll close out with Advancements.

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